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[TC] NVIDIA Buys Baseband And RF Technology Company Icera For $367M In Cash

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NVIDIA this morning announced its acquisition of Icera, which provides baseband processors for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets.

Icera holds more than 550 patents, and its high speed wireless-modem products have been approved by more than 50 carriers across the globe. Founded in 2002 and based in Bristol, England, the company has approximately 300 employees in seven countries in Europe and Asia, as well as the United States.
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For integration of Kal-El successor, I assume....
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For integration of Kal-El successor, I assume....
Potential great product!??!

long term plans Nvidia?!?!

Any secret yet to be revealed?!?!

I dont know what im talking about?!?!


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Definitely for the ARM market nVidia wishes to get into more heavily.

As a lot of people realize already, GPUs as we know it are on the way out as APUs like Llano come and are more and more powerful, the 400sp IGP in Llano would honestly be powerful enough for quite a few people even on here and will theoretically nearly max out most games (Depending on how much having to use normal RAM slows the IGP down), something that's unheard of from an IGP.
    
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Definitely for the ARM market nVidia wishes to get into more heavily.
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Looks like nVidia wants to foray further into the mobile market. Probably wants to hop on the tablet bandwagon too.
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I was actually informed of this earlier and from what I was told, NVIDIA made this decision to increase revenue opportunity as well as decrease production and design delays for future smart devices (phones, tablets, etc...) due to a lesser need of collaboration with several different companies. NVIDIA hopes that the combination of Tegra-based SOC's with Icera-based baseband processors as a single package will decrease production costs for manufacturers and increase NVIDIA-based devices in the smartphone and tablet market.
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Looks like nVidia wants to foray further into the mobile market. Probably wants to hop on the tablet bandwagon too.
Tegra 2 is already the offical development platform for Android 3.0.
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Expect to see HD content streaming wirelessly from GPUs??

Seriously, GPUs have its own RAM, Processor, power, chipset... ... potentially wifi?

The damn GPU is its own motherboard/computer.

Very cool they are making great strides in mobile market regardless too. I would really like a Kal-El android tablet. Make a great laptop replacement for me, just need the keyboard addon, or plug in a HHKB.

If the rumors are true though, Kal-El is already entering production for tablet placements as soon as August. Perhaps post-Kal-Els will see the benefits.

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Looks like nVidia wants to foray further into the mobile market. Probably wants to hop on the tablet bandwagon too.
Little late for this
Edited by RagingCain - 5/9/11 at 8:07am
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If the rumors are true though, Kal-El is already entering production for tablet placements as soon as August. Perhaps post-Kal-Els will see the benefits.
I believe Asus hinted the Kal-El Transformer will be compatible with the current keyboard dock.
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